The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it’s one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the south-east and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo’s easiest access is from Tibet, where its people emigrated from perhaps 1, 000 years ago.
Upper Dolpo shelters about 5,000 people, whose lives revolve around Buddhism, barley, and yaks; their villages (over 4,260 meters) are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as Shey – Phoksumdo National Park, at 3,555 square km Nepal’s largest. Meant to preserve a complete example of the trans-Himalayan ecosystem, the park shelters blue sheep, Himalayan black bears, leopards, wolves, and the exclusive snow leopard.
Dolpo is the best-known of Nepal’s forbidden northern border regions. The 1989 announcement that the government was opening the region to group treks caused a flurry of excitement.
To reach here, you must trek through a registered company, which will obtain permits. Groups generally fly from Nepalgunj to the Juphal airstrip, then walk few hours to the district headquarters of Dunai (2,100 meters). The trail follows the Suli Gad River, passing through thick conifer forests and a few Thakuri Hindu villages. The National Park check-post is one day from Dunai; two steep days later, you reach Phoksumdo Lake.
Flying in and out, the trek takes less than two weeks. Phoksumdo Lake (3,627 meters) is the highlight of the whole trek, a basin of unearthly turquoise blue ringed by rocky crags and forest, framed by snow-capped peaks.
Legend says demons fled here during Gum Rinpoche’s conversion of Tibet’s resident spirits, offering local people a gigantic turquoise to keep her passage a secret. Guru Rinpoche transformed the turquoise into a lump of dung, and the disgruntled people revealed the demons hiding place. In revenge she culled down a flood upon their village, submerging it beneath the lake. The legend is a concise mythic summary of the ancient struggle between Bönpo and Buddhists; the latter won, but the former remain, even here at Phoksumdo.
At the lake’s eastern end is the village of Ringmo, also called Tso. The town’s entrance Chorten has nine complex Buddhist and Bönpo mandalas painted on its wooden ceiling.
The people are Bhotia and only very distantly related to Tibetans. They are gradually becoming Hinduized, adding Chhetri surnames to their Tibetan names.
The Bönpo Monastery, Tso Gompa, is two km from the village, set above the lake on forested cliffs with views across to Kanjiroba. Below the village, a gigantic waterfall cascades over a series of rock steps, draining into the Suli Gad furbelow. A visit to the Bönpo Gompa at Pungmo, two hours up aside valley to the west, is a worthwhile expedition.
The best part of Dolpo lies beyond the lake, along a difficult trail that crosses a high pass into the real Dolpo. Shey Gompa, named after nearby Crystal Mountain, is several days’ walk north of the lake.
Another trail to reach Shey Gompa leads trough the Tarap valley over several high passes and magnificent villages like Tarap-Dho, Saldang, and Pijorgaon.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, one of our team representatives will pick you from the Airport and transfer you to the luxurious hotel.
We will guide you to visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and assist you in preparing legal permits required for the trekking
We will start our journey early in the morning and drive along the bank of Trishuli River till Chitwan for 4 hours. From Chitwan, we will drive through National Highway to Nepalgunj for another 4 hours. We will stay in a comfortable hotel.
We will take early flight to Jhupal (2,475 m) which will take 35 minutes. Then we will start our trekking towards the district headquarter Dunai (2,140 m)
We will trek through some villages and walk across the forests to reach beautiful village of Ankhe.
We will start our trek early in the morning through uphill climb and enter into the National Park. We will cross rivers and pass some settlements.
The trail goes uphill climb through the ridge of mountain. You can see top view of Phoksundo Lake during your trail before reaching the Lake.
We will walk around the Ringmo Village and explore Bon Gompas which is culturally rich and famous. We will grab the magnificent views of Lake from the different direction.
We will return back to the same route to Sumduwa Village then start rambling towards Pugmo which is located at a elevation of 3,500 meters.
We will trek through downhill and uphill until we reach the Kagmara High Camp.
We will explore the Kagmara High Camp. The panoramic views of Massifs from this place would be really an awesome and breath-taking.
We will start our trekking trail early in the morning and it will take about 4 hours to reach our next destination Kagmara – La Base Camp.
We will descend towards Hurikot from Base Camp. We will walk for 4 hours to reach beautiful village. In the evening time we will hike around to capture the beautiful moments of sunset.
We will walk through the dense forest of pine early in the morning. We will walk for 4 hours downhill to reach beautiful village of Chaurikot which is located at an elevation of 3,060 meters.
Before reaching Sing La village firstly we will cross the Pass then descend through the dense forests.
We will start our journey early in the morning. The day will be little bit difficult as we cross the Chhakre La Pass. We then walk for 3 hours more to reach Mola High Camp where we will stay in tented camp.
We will walk for 2 hours and cross Mo La Pass gently and carefully and continue walking towards beautiful village of Yak Kharka.
Before reaching Ghok Village we will cross 2 high passes. First we will cross Niwar Pass (5,120 m) which would be little bit risky then walk for a while and cross Tuche La Pass (4,890 m)
We will start our trekking very early in the morning as we have to complete the long path today. Our today’s journey will be of 8 hours.
We will trek for 7 hours to reach beautiful mountain market Kagbeni located at an elevation of 2,804 meters.
The trekking trail will be not so tough and we can join many trekkers with different destination together toward Jomsom (2,743 m). We will trek for 4 hours.
We will take a mountain flight to Pokhara with beautiful scenery of series of snowcapped peaks.
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